Despair. Why Are You Downcast?
This painting is one of a set of three that illustrate a question, advice and a promise. The set consists of, Despair. Why are you downcast? Prayer. Hope in God Praise. I will praise Him. Look for the invisible hand In Psalm 42 the writer asks himself the question, Why are you cast down Oh my soul? Then he gives himself sound advice, Place your hope in God! Next he declares his confidence that, I will yet praise him who is my help and my God. A godly old friend graciously took the three poses for me under an oak tree one winter’s day. The original paintings were done in chalk pastel. When hung in sequence, the Despair, Prayer and Praise sequence has spoken deeply to viewers, irrespective of their religious outlook.
|Secondary Keywords||downcast emotion feeling graham shattered soul turmoil braddock break cast crushed discouraged disturbed hopeless old sorrow torment weary worry|
Artist : Graham Braddock